Instagram introduces face filters complete with koala ears and crowns

If you’ve been craving animal ears and crowns for your Instagram selfies, the Facebook-owned company is here to save the day as their newest update brings face filters and more to the platform.

Join us after the break for the details.

In a not-so-subtle jab at Snapchat, Instagram’s face filters will work with both the front and rear cameras and allow you to post with the filters directly to your stories, direct messages, and even Boomerang videos. The app is starting out with a set of eight face filters, with everything from koala ears, to various crowns and math equations that animate around your head.

In addition to the face filters, the update also adds a new hashtag sticker that you can, well, stick directly on your story and will function the same as any hashtag, such as tapping for related posts. There will also be a new eraser brush that will overlay a solid color on your photo or video and allow you to brush away areas of the color to reveal what’s underneath.

One last feature included in the update is a new video function called “Rewind” that let you create videos that play in reverse, such as a dropped microphone flying back up to your hand. This will be found next to the “Boomerang” and “Hands-Free” cameras.

The update is rolling out today, but it may take a few days to get to your actual device. You can check for the update or grab the download at the link below.

Source: Instagram
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About the Author: Kevin Arnold

Kevin has been obsessed with technology ever since the days of playing with commands in MS-DOS. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied a combination of New Media Programming and Photography, Kevin lives in New York City where he works as a photo retoucher. His first "smartphone" was the good old LG Voyager with its slide-out physical keyboard. The first Android device Kevin owned was the now-infamous HTC Thunderbolt, which he still has in a drawer somewhere. Currently rocking both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Kevin has a (un)healthy obsession with phones and has owned more than he can remember. When he's not shopping for a new phone, Kevin enjoys lots of food and wine, video games, astronomy, and the Big Apple.